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Spit Them Watermelon Seeds

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Dan Rather outdid himself again in this interview with Chris Matthews. Get a load of his “watermelon” line.

Check out the transcript and video here.

Does Your Dog Bite?

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Pure vaudeville – I love Peter Sellers.

Can we please bring some humor back into the world?

Networked: We are the Illusion

Monday, December 14th, 2009

We Are the Illusion

“You have meddled with the natural order of things.”

And get Mad as Hell.

Dreams are only Dreams

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

DeNiro is perfect: a fool warped by dreams of quick fortune, ready to stomp on everyone for shallow fleeting fame, as Rupert Pupkin.

Andy Warhol redux!

Naked Lunch

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Reality can be hell sometimes.

Like Tears in the Rain

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Technology makes us immortal – or does it?  To be a machine could mean living forever – as a machine.

The soul cannot be captured or manufactured, only released.

Neil Gershenfeld’s Fab Labs lecture (“I.T. development for the masses”) gives me heart that Big Corps may not be able to monopolize our creativity and communication after all. Unless, of course, the U.S. takes the Chinese approach. That’s no stretch: the Obama admin’s already been caught openly using snitch tactics in a clumsy, brazen attempt to gather information on dissenters and turn citizens against each other.

Yes, Gershenfeld’s using taxpayer money for his Fab Labs. But for once, this seems like a wise expenditure to encourage real innovation and creativity.  A far cry from the intellectually and creatively sloppy hyenas who simply steal, remix and recut another’s original work and claim it his own.

(I’m a firm believer in Intellectual Property rights. They should be treated similarly to land property rights. IP rights should be redefined as “Creative Sovereignty” rights.)  “Sovereign Citizen” rights, perhaps?

I’m all for innovation! But the web is increasingly cluttered by slobs and scavengers, making it increasingly difficult to find real information and real sources. Slobs are road tacks on the information highway: neither understanding nor inventing, only profiteering.

Technology may indeed “solve the problem of the masses.” Most likely it will be introduced like tattoos, bar codes, into something fashionable. The masses already buy Coke and other corporate t-shirts and become willful walking billboards. They spend money to advertise corporate products! It’s hardly a stretch to consider that young mush-heads will buy tattoos, implants, etc., with embedded satellite chips advertising their favorite products, services, or (God forbid) rap tunes.

As for Gordon Bell: narcissism is no substitute for creativity. Take it to the afterlife. Any relation to Art Bell?

Hell, I must be going Lobo.

Borat Redux

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

“The media business is the new Ellis Island: Give me your talentless, give me your hoaxes and I will put anything on my air,” says Robert Thompson, professor of television at Syracuse University.

Prof. Thompson is referring to the recent flap over a Virginia couple who managed to crash Obama’s first state dinner and be photographed with high level officials including the vice president. To its credit, the Secret Service has taken full responsibility for such an egregious lapse. No shoes were thrown. But the greater embarrassment lies in our celebrity-obsessed culture.

According to the article linked above, this couple was vying for a prime spot on Bravo Network’s “Real Housewives of D.C.” They were willing to put themselves in criminal jeopardy for doing so. Apparently the network was fully aware of their actions and “captured their preparation for the event” but slyly chose to avoid sneaking their own cameras onto White House grounds. They’ve now landed a choice spot on the TODAY show claiming to be victims of the media. The snake bites its own tail.

Our “culture” such as it is – may already be beyond redemption.

“In the future, everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes.” – Andy Warhol

Let’s Play VolkerBall

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Celebrate the new global community with Rammstein (no, not the holiday).

Now let’s play VolkerBall with open fire.

The Eyes Have It

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

It should come as no surprise that companies track our every move on the web. What’s surprising are the growing numbers of companies doing such and their perniciously invisible methods.

This may seem like niggling compared to Britain, a once-free country now known as “the surveilllance society.” Cameras are everywhere; the government has seemingly unlimited powers to usurp one’s privacy. So why fuss over a little non-intrusive data collection about your online habits? After all, it’s only about selling you a better mousetrap, right?

The potential for abuse is staggering: perhaps not by malicious intent, but mere negligence. Several years ago my identity was stolen – not by some phisher or hacker. It was a major credit monitoring company. They merged my personal information with some fool having a name nearly identical to my own, and sent it to him. The creep got a free ride, stealing goods and services like cable tv and billed it to me. He got the free ride because the company listed him on my credit report as an alias. Yet the onus was on me to prove my innocence and reassert my identity, despite the glaring faults in the reporting itself. After nearly nine months of investigation, the snake slithered away unscathed at my expense. The detective assigned to the case told me they couldn’t do anything about it, because “the authorities won’t prosecute identity theft crimes under $5,000″.

Hint to creeps: if you’re going to steal, keep it under five grand and you’re good as gold! Victims are guilty until proven innocent.

If I could boil the bigger argument down to two simple words, it would be these: full disclosure. Interesting how both corporate and governmental interests want to preserve “privacy rights” only for themselves. Sure, they’re just building better mousetraps – but to them, we’re the mice.

So is Google googling us? Is it worming its way inside, like John Steinbeck’s creature in The Affair at 7, Rue de M - ?

Will the human factor win out? Is this social or socialized networking? I really don’t know. Not yet, anyway.

In a Cardboard Box

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Here’s a fair example of adding & enhancing value to the whole, with no phony claims of authorship.  It looks like an official PF release, but it’s not. Although Roger Waters co-authored the song, he was no longer a part of the band when these concerts were recorded and remixed.